Stephen Billias sent in the news below.
I’ve also created a photo gallery for the Shintaido Farm so we can all see changes as it progresses. Clicking on the photos below will take you to the images in the gallery where you can view larger versions.
In May of 2005 we broke ground on a new Shintaido center in Deerfield, Massachusetts, the first dojo in the United States owned by Shintaido members and dedicated solely to the practice of Shintaido. We are calling it the Shintaido Farm, because we are growing organic vegetables and Shintaido here!
The cement foundations are poured. Framing will begin in a few days. We hope to be practicing in the new space by Thanksgiving, 2005.
Foundation for the dojo (40′ x 64′)
We need your help. Please come see the Shintaido Farm, practice here, and think about how you would improve it—what you personally could do to help us make this a better space.
View of Mount Toby from the dojo
We’re hoping that this place will be a center from which ripples of Shintaido will emanate in an ever widening circle. Please come join us! For questions, please contact:
Please check this web site in the fall for an announcement of an Opening Day ceremony for the new center.
Also, please note that the farmhouse we recently renovated, where we are living now, will be available as a rental on December 1, 2005. If you would like to consider moving to the beautiful Pioneer Valley and living in community with other Shintaido members, please take a look at the flyer.